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martin perman14/08/2021 21:31:50
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Bugger, I kept hearing a twin engined aircraft but couldnt see where it was coming from. Based in Berkshire and has a nice history including military history.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 14/08/2021 21:40:38

Samsaranda15/08/2021 08:38:52
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I find that Flightradar24 is very useful for those aircraft that you hear but can’t track , it’s free and easily installed on a phone or IPad, if I hear an aircraft and can’t see it I use Flightradar24 and as long as the aircraft has IFF then all its details will display. Been watching a drone on Flightradar24 this morning, it’s flying out of Lydd and is tracking up and down the Channel from Folkestone to Hastings, no problem guessing what it is looking for. Dave W

martin perman15/08/2021 08:59:55
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I'm now using it but yesterday I was loading my trailer with engines for sale for a pending bring and buy with a mate and still two pairs of eyes couldnt see anything, If I go into the house to look at the computer I get have you finished yet from the boss smiley

Martin P

Samsaranda15/08/2021 11:26:28
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Point taken, we all suffer from the same scrutiny from wives. Dave W

Andy Freeman 115/08/2021 13:12:05
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Just in case you hadn't noticed, on Flight Radar 24 you can click on Playback and go back to a time and date and see what was flying.

No need to rush inside the house to your computer!

Andy Stopford15/08/2021 19:29:22
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Apologies if this has already been mentioned, but I found this an interesting and informative lecture:

The title is "The Secret History of Fighter Aircraft Engine Development in WW2"

The first few minutes are a bit glitchy, but it's worth sticking with it. I'm tempted to buy the presenter's book, which apparently contains much more of the same.

ChrisB25/09/2021 06:22:18
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This morning at work, just outside our hangar...a pretty nice line up!


martin perman26/09/2021 22:35:33
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At a local garden centre with my wife, daughter and grandson this morning when I heard the sound of helicopter blades and spotted a red coloured James Bond style Autogyro passing overhead towards Bedford, something that I've rarely seen except at airshows.

Martin P

Lee Rogers27/09/2021 11:00:53
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There was a James Bond fly/ drive in at Shuttleworth. Autogyros and Astons.

John Doe 230/09/2021 12:28:34
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I will risk name dropping accusations, but I have been a commercial pilot for 22 years, mostly Airbus, but other types too.

The BA loose Airbus engine cowls and the BA 787 landing gear pin misplacement are frankly unbelievable, but they actually happened, and are indicative of general deskilling and reduction in training within the industry.

Any engineer worth their salt would not make such a basic mistake of putting a ground-lock pin in the wrong hole. Putting the pin into the leg pivot bore and seating on the pin's shoulder instead of it's barrel would have felt completely different, so it is staggering how an engineer could make that mistake - you could feel the difference without even looking. So whoever did it either had no engineering skill or feel at all, or had no experience at all - to make that sort of mistake they cannot have ever put a ground-lock pin in. Having said that, why not a simple label on the gear leg, pointing to the ground-lock pin hole?

The engine cowls - both one engineer and one of the pilots should each have performed separate walk-arounds before closing up and pushing back on every flight - standard operating procedures. Clearly, either no walk-around was performed, or neither person noticed the loose engine cowls. This seems to be a problem - but it is really simple to check the cowl latches, but you do have to bend right down to look underneath. This involves putting a hand on the ground or on the engine intake, resulting in a wet hand on a rainy day - but so what? Far too many times, I heard other pilots joke that they just count the wings and get back in. Not me.

Another possible reason is that almost every other pilot I have ever seen, never wears ear defenders for their walk-around, (I do). This means they have to stick their fingers in their ears against the dangerously loud sound of the aircon packs and the APU - which in turn means that they cannot release a hand to enable them to look underneath the engine cowls, as described above, Therefore, the cowls don't get properly checked.

Owing to the relentless driving down of airline ticket prices and low cost operators, training budgets are being slashed. Pilots and engineers are no longer necessarily highly trained or experienced. Gits like me do not get employed any more, even though I have a good 10 years commercial flying left in me. Younger, much less experienced types are being preferred and we are seeing accidents and incidents resulting from really basic mistakes. The Boeing 737 Max fiasco, involving two fatal crashes, is another result of driving down costs.


Edited By John Doe 2 on 30/09/2021 12:31:35

Edited By John Doe 2 on 30/09/2021 12:34:01

Edited By John Doe 2 on 30/09/2021 12:39:16

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